We combine conventional and complementary medical modalities. We are holistic in that we look at all facets of your life that may impact your health – physical, nutritional, hormonal, genetic, mental, social, emotional and spiritual.
Lori Sweat, MD graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Summa Cum Laude in 1992. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine in 1995 and was then Chief Medical Resident in Internal Medicine from 1995-96. She practiced office Internal Medicine for one year then founded the first Hospitalist practice in Louisville at Caritas Medical Center in 1997. She practiced as a Hospitalist until 2002 then took time off to be a full time Mom to her two children. During her time away from medicine, she was introduced to the concept of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, and began studying that field with vigor.
In 2006, she founded Integrative Hormone Specialists, the first practice in Louisville dedicated solely to BHRT and functional medicine. Since then, she has been privileged to treat hundreds of patients in KY and numerous other states, restoring to them their former sense of well-being and vitality.
Dr. Sweat is married to Dr. Matt Sweat, a cardiologist. They have two children and two dogs that they enjoy tremendously. In her downtime, Dr. Sweat is an avid recreational triathlete, sings in a band and her church choir, and is learning the art of sustainable living including vegetable gardening at her family’s farm in Spencer County.
Dr. Sweat’s special interests
include not only male and female BHRT but also the use of nutrition and nutritional supplements to treat disease and dysfunction, natural therapies for treating depression and anxiety and other psychiatric issues, and safe and effective modes of hormone therapies for breast cancer survivors.
A thyroid patient herself, Lori also takes a very special interest in treating all kinds of thyroid diseases, especially autoimmune conditions.
Very experienced in Botox cosmetic and dermal fillers, and enjoys giving her patients a more youthful appearance to go along with their renewed inner vitality.
Jessica Dennison, M.D. graduated from University of Louisville Medical School in 2005. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine in 2008, where she served as a chief resident in 2007-2008. She has been a practicing Emergency Medicine Physician with Emergency Medicine Physician Associates serving Clark Memorial Health from 2008 to present. Dr. Dennison also serves as a Clinical Professor in Emergency Medicine of the University of Louisville. While working in the Emergency Department and through her teaching appointment, she noticed a significant number of patients with preventable diseases who have not been educated on diet, nutrition, genetics, exercise and lifestyle changes. This, combined with her love for education, fostered an interest in functional medicine, prevention, and teaching patients about healthy lifestyles. She realized how little knowledge patients have regarding their diets and lifestyle choices and how it can affect them negatively. Dr. Dennison completed a fellowship in Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine in 2014 thru A4M. She practiced functional medicine previously from 2014-2016, and is excited about the opportunity to return to Functional Medicine with Integrative Hormone Specialists. Among her specific focuses are GI health, hormone replacement and cardiac risk modification. She enjoys keeping up with the latest trends in functional medicine and applying them to each individual’s unique medical and lifestyle needs.
She attributes her love and enthusiasm for wellness from her parents who were both good role models in nutrition, cooking, and exercise. Dr. Dennison is an enthusiast of the outdoors, sports and dance. She trained in ballet from age 3 to 21. Since hanging up her pointe shoes she became an avid runner, and recently transitioned to triathlons. Strength training is a large component of her exercise routine as well. She is very interested in healthy eating, including keto, paleo, low carb diets, and regularly includes fasting in her routine. Dr. Dennison is married and enjoys spending time with her family including three children and her dog. She loves teaching her three children about healthy food choices, being active, and cooking and baking with them.
Michelle Gentile is a Registered Nurse and a graduate of Bellarmine University in 1989, where she earned a Bachelor Degree in Nursing. From there, she has accumulated 30 years of nursing experience, in a variety of settings, treating patients from the young to the old. Over the last decade, Michelle was introduced to the word of Functional Health and developed a passion for it. Michelle joined the IHS team in 2012 and enjoys discussing with clients the benefits of Functional Medicine, nutrition and lifestyle choices for optimal vitality and health. Having earned a certificate in Functional Nutrition in 2020, Michelle’s role in the office expanded into Functional Nutrition Coaching. Coaching of the whole person, especially in regards to diet and lifestyle, is vital to both short term and long term health goals. Michelle also assists with our medically supervised weight-loss program and is a Beautycounter skin care Consultant.
Having been born and raised in Louisville, Michelle is married to a physical therapist, mother of two daughters, one son-in-law and one dachshund. When she is not studying, she loves lake time with family and friends.